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Sunday, June 1, 2014

A MANLY WALK

It is beautiful walking weather at the moment, not too hot and not cold. It is hard to believe that it is the first day of winter today. We are still wearing T-shirts. It is Our daughter's Birthday today and 42 years ago she put a stop to a Bayside picnic we had planned. So today I decided we should go to the Bayside suburb of Manly for a walk and lunch to make up for missing out 42 years ago.
 Happy Birthday Carol-Ann, I would miss a million picnics to have you.

 TOH doing the Manly walk.

I have had a play with HDR photo processing.
 Manly is a Bayside suburb of Brisbane.

 It has a huge marina the biggest on the east coast. There were hundreds and hundreds of boats.

 I loved the reflections.

 Rows and rows of them.

After the marina we walked through a market

There are many restaurants in Manly Village. This was the view from our lunch table.

 After lunch we walked further around the bay. I would have liked to go further but you know who wanted to turn back towards the car. The bay was dotted with white sail boats.

Moreton Bay is 14 k from the heart of Brisbane. It is popular with recreational and commercial fishermen. It is a shallow bay which allows sea grass to grow and support herds of dugong.  Whales also frolic here on their annual migration. The bay is sheltered by off shore islands and it has a busy shipping channel through to the Port of Brisbane. It also serves as a safe approach to the airport and reduces noise pollution. Obviously it is a playground for boaties. We enjoy the walks and birdlife.

31 comments:

  1. We are going towards summer but it seems your winter is warmer ! Happy Birthday to Carol Ann ! You managed to have a nice day and the pictures are beautiful. Can you give me the recipe how to pull out my man of the house ?

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  2. Happy Birthday to your daughter. The world is an amazing place we are waiting for summer.

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  3. Cloudy winter's day down here.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter.
    Your photos are lovely.

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  4. ...a lovely celebration Diane; a special place to be on the day and great photos

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  5. What a lovely way to celebrate your daughter's birthday! I bet Manly looks quite different today with more restaurants and boats than it would have looked 42 years ago!

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  6. A Happy Birthday for your daughter who is the spitting image of you. What a pity you couldn't walk on, men....

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  7. well your winter sky certainly cooperated with your desire for photos. thee are totally awesome photos, all of them.. gorgeous is the word.. we have the first day of summer today... i prefer our winter... but it is what it is...

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  8. And here I was thinking you had taken a quick trip down South Diane . A nice spot for walking and lunch view wasn't too shabby either. I hope Carol Ann had a lovely day too.

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  9. Those clouds are glorious! And what a lovely way to celebrate the day your pretty daughter came into the world.

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  10. Happy Birthday to your Carol Ann. Looks like a pretty day for a walk.. A lovely place! Have a happy Sunday and week ahead!

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  11. It's unseasonably warm here too but nonetheless we are still burning log fires most days - I just don't have to pull my chair as close.

    Looks like a lovely day for a a walk and there sure are lots of boats around Manly - nice shots. I remember doing a rather interesting mangrove walk in that area ... didn't think much of mangroves before doing that.

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  12. Happy Birthday to Carol Ann. She was well missing the picnic for and as you found, you had your whole life to do it sometime later! LOL! I had to laugh at you having to turn around because TOH wanted to go no further. I have the same problem and I think many women can relate. Wonderful post as usual Diane. Have a great week. Jo

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  13. my gosh, what a beautiful place! i loved your 'manly walk' play on words. :) and your daughter is just beautiful and full of life like her mother. :)

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  14. I'm a sucker for pictures of boats lined up, and the shot of the overcast sky is impressive. Looks like your day out was the next best thing to a day with Carol Ann :)

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  15. The walk looks wonderful, as does the bayside view from the lunch table. Not so sure about the variety of sand that the bay was sporting. Bit crunchy between the toes.

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  16. What a lovely place to go back to and celebrate the birth of your child! :) Love the tour too.

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  17. Lovely spot -- where I too could take a Manly walk! Fun way to remember that day 42 years ago! Happy birthday to your daughter.

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  18. Winter in Queensland is like Summer in some countries looked like a lovely walk

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  19. Well---today was a special day for you all, now and 42 years ago. Happy Birthday, Carol Ann. I'm sure you talked about her ALOT as you walked and lunched at Bayside today.... Amazing how fast 42 years has gone by!!! My youngest turned 43 in May... Yipes!!!!

    Beautiful set of photos, Diane.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  20. Happy Birthday to Carol-Ann!
    She has the same lovely smile as her Mama. :)
    Diane, I LOVE the first two boat photos. Definitely worthy of being framed. Seriously! Carol-Ann's photo is a lovely portrait as well.
    I think I could hang around there all day looking at that scenery.

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  21. Happy Birthday to Carol-Ann. I'm sure she would have been delighted to be able to join you on your walk today. The scenery is beautiful, and I'm glad the weather cooperated.

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  22. Happy birthday to your daughter. I had a 1st June baby, too, she was 37 yesterday. I loved your walk along the bay, the clouds really make for spectacular photos.

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  23. Yes, a beautifully brilliant smile... just like yours Diane.
    What a great day for you all, another day to remember :D)

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  24. Happy birthday with your daughter. She is gorgeous. The place looks good too. Nice to come back and enjoy your winter day in a great place.

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  25. The reflections in the water are wonderful, and so are those cloud formations in the sky. The Manly walk looks like fun.

    Happy Birthday to Carol-Ann!

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  26. Stunning photos. I'm ashamed that I didn't know that Brissie had a 'Manly' too!

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  27. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter. A lovely post with excellent photos. Hope that all is well Diane

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  28. Some perfect cloud pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  29. A belated birthday greeting to Carol Ann. What a beautiful place to take a walk. Every time you show all the beautiful places near you I can feel my travel itch working away at me! I WILL get there! In the meantime, thanks for sharing.

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  30. This is quite the marina, and I also love the colorful market!

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